What's been going on? Well, I have continued to do weekly research over at the Charles Babbage Institute and follow lots of interesting leads into the depths of Burroughs literature. And I included more than a few "computer history" stops into our schedule as Linda and I traveled the country.
Several years ago, I had expected to write a history of ElectroData and the Datatron and include a short summary of the Burroughs Corporation along the way. I soon discovered that there is a dearth of good accurate information on Burroughs available in published literature. I expanded my scope. The story of Burroughs is fascinating in its own right.
I also realized that the simple Datatron website that I had set up back in 2008 and stretched out with links to a half dozen additional pages wasn't going to cut it. So I have embarked on a program to replace it with a more modern web-page structure. Here is a sample page. The site will evolve and begin to take its new shape over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here are a few pages (with pictures) from my Travel Blog that touch on the edges of the Datatron story and other events in the history of computing.
- The Burroughs Adding Machine Company in Detroit
- Ed McCollister's family home in Iowa City
- Cliff Berry's family home in Marengo, Iowa
- Site of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer on the Iowa State Campus
- Site of the ENIAC computer in Philadelphia
- The ERMA museum in Concord, California
- U of Cal., Berkeley where Datatron engineers Alrich and Foster got their E.E. degrees under the direction of Paul Morton.
- The Computer History Museum in Mountainview, CA., where the reproduction of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer now resides